May 31, 2014

Halle Baby is 2 Months!

This child is my angel!! Halle has been the sweetest baby we could have ever asked for. Here we are at 2 months and she is currently sleeping through the night, takes the breast and bottle, and already gives you smiles galore! We love her so much! And big sister Noelle loves her to pieces too! Noelle is always asking about her; She gets protective and worries about Halle when she doesn't see her or know where she is. Joey's in heaven too - after Noelle we were very sleep deprived, anxious, and had no idea how to please Noelle! We were bouncing on the yoga ball every night, and listening to screams all day and night. This time, our angel, sleeps for us, cuddles with us, and only cries when she is unhappy (which isn't too often)! We are so blessed for this sweetie pie!

Halle still has most of her hair (only balding a tiny bit in the back where her head lays flat) and it's a dark brown. She also still has her dark blue eyes. I was surprised they hadn't changed to brown since Noelle's did. Halle might actually end up with Joey's eye color! Everyone thinks that Halle is Joey's mini-me and that Noelle is mine. Although I don't think Halle looks exactly like Joey, I do agree that she has his forehead, hairline, eyebrows, and eyes. She's so cute, I just want to squeeze her all the time!

She is like Joey in a lot of other ways too. For example, she loves to lay and sleep on her stomach. Although we know back is best, we do let her sleep on her tummy sometimes because she sleeps SO well on it. Those are usually the nights she can sleep for 8 hours straight.

Reading back at Noelle's two month post, it's fun to see how different not only the girls are from one another, but how Joey and I are this time around as second time parents. I was constantly trying to put Noelle on a schedule! I'm sure it had to do with her horrible colic and all the restless nights, but it's funny how much easier it is this time around, and I don't follow any type of schedule or regime with Halle. Basically, I feed her when she cries, I let her sleep whenever she wants, and it all just works. It's amazing how much better this time is...I don't chalk it all up to one thing or another though. I know it's a combination of having a different baby, having previous experience, and also being more relaxed.

It's amazing how different your kids and experience can be. Joey and I have TWO kids this time, and we are sleeping so much more now than we did with Noelle at this age. It's crazy! We aren't exhausted and we are trying to enjoy Halle as much as we can. It's true though that it's hard to balance two kids - I can't imagine how people with more kids do it. We often find ourselves feeling guilty because it seems like one child is getting neglected at all times. Sometimes Halle has to sit and cry alone while I help Noelle on the potty, or I have to pump. Sometimes Noelle asks me to do something with/for her and I can't, and find myself saying no several times a day, because I'm feeding/changing Halle. I'm not stretching myself thin, but it's hard to not only tend to both kids, but to give them the quality attention I think they deserve. I wish there was more of me to go around! I know Joey feels this way too. He often mentions how bad he feels for Noelle because her whole world has changed, and he feels bad for Halle because she's not getting the kind of attention Noelle got when she was an infant. We're just trying our best!

Halle just got her vaccines (4) at her two month appointment and did amazing! First shot she didn't even cry- just was startled and shocked by the poke, next one she gave us a look like "No way, you did it again!?", and by the third she started crying. I picked her up right away after and held her and she stopped crying right away and ended up being fine! What a trooper! She came in at 11 and something pounds, being 70th percentile for her age/sex group. My chunky little baby! 

Current status:
11 lbs
Already in size 2 diapers!

Halle is our angel baby. Our sweet little bundle of joy!! I don't even want to say "I can't wait to see what we have in store," or "I can't wait to watch her grow!" because frankly I don't want her to! Now that we've had our second, and last baby, I know that this time needs to be treasured! Noelle grew up already way too fast for us, and Halle's time seems to be even faster and shorter! I want my baby to stay my precious baby forever! I love you Halle...please stay my wee little angel!! Love you so much!!

May 22, 2014

MN Tot Spots: Pout in Pink's Frozen Ball!

Our favorite little boutique and party center, Pout in Pink, did it again, with another fun and cute event! Noelle had a blast when we went to the 'Princess For a Day' event and their Valentine's Day event so I've been keeping my eyes open for another fun Pout in Pink outing. When I saw that they were hosting another Frozen Ball (we missed the first one since Halle was born the day before), I knew we had to go. Noelle (like every other child) is obsessed with Frozen! She was so excited to go meet Elsa! She asked about Anna a lot but I just had to tell her that Anna had to stay home in Arendale. :) 

It was special getting to do something fun with my Noelle. She may be the older sister but she'll always be my baby!

 They always have the cutest table settings!

 Mama crashed the tea party with some much needed coffee...

We went with Jessie and Zoe again, just like last time, and also Jessie's friend Brooke and her daughter Morgan. The two older girls were much more involved than Noelle, who was a little overwhelmed by all the older girls this time around. Although she talked about getting blue makeup and glitter on the way to Pout In Pink, she ended up not getting her makeup done. Totally okay though - what can I expect from a 2.5 year old? She did get glitter sprayed in her hair and had Elsa paint her nails. :) She loves nail polish!

Zoe and Noelle in their pretty little princess dresses!

There's Elsa!!

" IS Elsa."

Noelle picked this dress out a couple nights beforehand, declaring it her Elsa dress.

Check out those Elsa shoes! :)

Coloring and decorating her Elsa paper-doll. :)

Noelle, Zoe, and Morgan. This is Noelle's "cheese" face.

She picked neon pink! I was so surprised she didn't go for sparkles (what she always asks for)!

A 2.5 year old's dream come true.

"I like warm hugs!"

My little princess.

Making their Olaf snacks!

Elsa showing the girls how to make Olaf out of their donuts. 

Noelle was impressed by everyone's snowman, but was much more interested in eating hers.

And now, cupcakes!? Truly a good day.

Just throwing snowballs with Olaf. :)

Giving Olaf hugs.

Jess and I were very excited to meet Elsa too. ;)

As always, it was a fun and adorable event. We love Pout in Pink! We also walked out with a rather big bag of goodies...(they have the CUTEST stuff in the store right now) AND Angie, the owner gifted Noelle and Baby Halle with some matching headbands! So, so nice. These people are the nicest owners, and we just love them. Can't wait to come back!

May 19, 2014

MN Tot Spots: Roseville Library Baby & Me Play Group

For the last year and a half I started looking for more toddler friendly activities, because obviously, Noelle was getting older. She used to go to a Baby & Me story time group at the Shoreview Library (which is awesome by the way) but we stopped going once she turned one years old. Now that Halle is here I started thinking about looking for little baby activities again. The catch is I don't have very much time to do activities with Halle alone, so I had to find something that Noelle could also do. The Baby & Me story time at Shoreview is amazing but it's geared towards babies only. The Baby & Me play group at Roseville is awesome because it's an open group with tons of educational toys that still appeal to Noelle. I can spend time with Halle while Noelle still has a fun time, and there are often other older kids there to play with her too. We're pretty sure it's our new Monday morning thing! :)

 Halle was pretty pleased to get out of the house...and out of the car seat! :)

 It is so nice to have a place to go that offers new toys and a different space for the kids to play in! And for free! I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Ramsey libraries are the best!

 Tummy time!

The one disappointment? That we couldn't buy sharky, lol. 

Mother's Day 2014

Can you believe it?! I'm a mother of TWO now! I had a wonderful Mother's Day. Joey, the fab husband that he is, took me out to see Divergent on Saturday night and we tried out the new Rodizo Grill in Maple Grove. Then I woke up on Sunday with a pleasant surprise! Noelle picked out my card - which I could not understand - but it was so cute. LOL! And then she gave me a wonderful pedicure. :) I finished the day with a new spanking (mom) haircut and some shopping! So fun. Moms everywhere do deserve a special day like this, and I can't wait for Father's Day so we can do some fun stuff for Joey! :) Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!

So funny that Noelle picked out a card in Spanish! It's beautiful though, and pink, so I get it. ;)

I was told that I'm the big Hello Kitty and the two others are Noelle and Halle. :)

I have to say she did a pretty good job!

Being a mom is priceless!
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